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Sun Proposes Flash Data Form Factor for Storage

By Ed Scannell, InformationWeek,
March 17, 2009, 12:00 PM

Hoping to push the industry toward a flash data form factor for storage,
Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) is proposing a new standard it plans to make public to the open source community.

The design of the newly proposed form factor, about the size of a typical memory card, is significantly smaller than existing solid state drives, according to the company.

The entry-level capacity for the proposed device would be 24 GB and would support the serial advanced standard. The device would still be perceived as a hard drive to the software, although vendors will have to redesign their hardware in order for it to fit into the new slot, company officials said.

Sun said it plans to release the electrical specifications for the Open Flash Module (OFM) to several open source communities including The proposed standard will take advantage of the JDEC specification, and also will be submitted to a "number" of standards bodies, it said.

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